Thursday, May 30, 2013
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
The native plants are usually pretty tough and less prone to insect damage. Even if they don't have showy flowers, the leaves are often attractive shapes that add interest to the garden.
Monday, May 27, 2013
Sunday, May 26, 2013
I always find green is an invigorating colour. We used to drive to Maine in June, and going through Vermont (the green mountains) we were just saturated with green, green, and more green. Felt great.
Saturday, May 25, 2013
My husband bought me this spiffy car (Hyundai Elantra) last week. It is great on gas and is such an improvement in every way over the old car. It even has heated seats - not something I would ask for but it came with the package and, actually on a chilly day, it's wonderful to have warm seats. I expect it will give me many happy driving miles for years to come.
The old car had definitely earned its keep and you know it's time to say goodbye when the dealer offers to exchange it for a trunk liner and two front floor liners.
Sunday, May 19, 2013
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
The book is written by the mom of a boy with high functioning autism. He has delays in certain areas but is a true genius in his favourite fields, such as astrophysics and math. His parents have always tried to keep his whole person in view, making sure that he has time to enjoy goofing around with his brothers, watching the stars at night or going fishing, but they also found ways to nurture his incredible interest and talent for science and math. They came to realize that he had to have access to people who shared his passion and knowledge for physics, and that regular school wasn't where he would find that so they connected him with professors at Indiana U.
I guess what I find so engaging about this book is the parents, especially the mom's , understanding that everyone is unique. She runs a daycare and her ability to reach children by validating their interests and personality is remarkable. Her philosophy is to encourage the children in the areas that they love and that other, weaker skills will often get stronger coincidentally along with the flourishing of their passions. We live in a society that seems to want to stuff everyone into a box, that discourages originality and feels very uncomfortable with people who don't fit in to a neat stereotype.
At school, it's "don't be too slow, but also don't be too smart", "don't be too noisy, or rambunctious, or enthusiastic, or creative", "don't be too quiet, or shy, or introverted" , "stay with the class, don't work ahead, don't fall behind". So much of the media is all about looking right , all about being popular, all about having the right stuff, having lots of Facebook friends. What about curiosity, and kindness and enjoying other people for who they are? How draining it is to have to pretend to be someone you aren't.
The book is just recently published so it is readily available and libraries will hopefully be picking it up soon. I really think it is a most refreshing, inspiring book.
Friday, May 10, 2013
Bleeding heart grows best in rich soil under deciduous trees that allow sun in the spring and shade in the summer. If the soil stays slightly damp , the leaves will last for most of the summer, but if the soil dries out repeatedly the leaves will die back and the plant will go dormant until the following spring.
Thursday, May 9, 2013
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Monday, May 6, 2013
A day or two ago, this little one was born to the chestnut mare, and what a beautiful foal it is. For me, the black head would be a real plus as horses with white ears or noses usually suffer from sunburn on those spots. The white he (she) has on his face is just perfect.
A couple of neighbourhood dogs were enjoying frolicking in a ditch. It was summery hot today so the cool water must have felt good. The brown dog is sort of a canine Huck Finn, always into games and adventure, and leading his sidekick astray. I hope the owners won't be too disappointed when the dogs come home wet, muddy, and likely stinky.
Sunday, May 5, 2013
But nothing beats the bright, happy yellow of the traditional daffodil.
This white daffodil is playing host to a distinctively marked crab spider.
Daffodils will last for years but they will stop blooming properly is they get overcrowded. Dividing them every 3-5 years keeps them happy. A feeding of bulb fertilizer when replanting the bulbs will make them flower even better. Most daffodils are scented, with the double frilly ones having excellent fragrance.